Report: Aston Villa and Everton chase Porto defender Rolando

Porto centre-back Rolando could be the subject of a tug of war between Aston Villa and Everton over the coming week.

Aston Villa and Everton are considering a move for Porto centre-back Rolando, according to ESPN FC.

Rolando, 29, is under contract at Porto until 2016, but has been frozen out of the first-team picture after refusing several offers to extend his current deal.

The likes of Tuttosport reported earlier this month that the Portugal international was set for a six-month loan move to Juventus, with a view to a €4 million deal, but talks between the two sides have continued to stall.

The Daily Mail have also named the likes of Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion as potential suitors in recent months, but Villa and Everton appear keen to steal a march on rival interest with an approach before the end of the current transfer window.

However, Inter Milan, who had the Cape Verdean-born defender on loan last season, remain interested in bringing him back to the San Siro, according to, having seen him become a fan favourite over the course of his 29 Serie A appearances.

Rolando was once a core part of the Porto lineup, scoring 17 goals in 174 games between 2008 and 2012, while winning three Primeira Liga titles, two Portuguese Cups and the Europa League in 2011.

An unused member of Portugal’s 2010 World Cup squad, the 19-times capped international was shipped out to Napoli for the second-half of the 2012-13 campaign, however, after falling out with manager Victor Pereira, and is still to make an appearance for the club this season.

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